I've spent the last two days working on an old-fashioned dress for Camille to wear for her play. The pattern I'm using (Folkwear 213: Child's Prairie Dress) is full of little details. The collar and yoke alone have seven separate fabric pieces.
attaching the yoke to the gathered front, side, and back panels
music to sew by
dart and slit in sleeve
I think much of life-learning is like that, exploring, creating freely, and using other people's help and tutorials when desired. We don't need to be locked into one set way of doing things or floundering around re-inventing the wheel either.
The little details in life help to create our larger experience of it. A few days ago I was blog surfing and leaving a comment on Ingi's blog Defying Gravity. Camille came up just then. Interested in what she saw, she climbed into my lap on the computer chair, big girl that she is, and we followed links, admired photos, and had a great discussion about our brains' perception, math, art, and spatial reasoning. This little moment led to.....
fun with graph paper
and later creating hand-drawn nonograms for me to solve (Thanks, Ingi :)
In the little, seemingly insignificant, details our lives are created, enriched, and nourished. Whether I come upon Sylvia patiently teaching Ayla to play mikado (and how to master the tricky 2-year-old skill of taking turns), or see Camille snuggled in my bed reading aloud to her little sisters, or hear Ayla's sweet, "tahnk you, all my heart," when I hand her a glass of milk, I pay attention to these little moments. They can carry me through the harder, less-idyllic moments when my patience is tested and my negotiation skills fall short.